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Abstract

The popularity of computational notebooks heralds a return of software as computational media rather than turn-key applications. We believe this software model has potential beyond supporting just the computationally literate. We studied a biomolecular nano-design lab that works on a current frontier of science - RNA origami - whose researchers depend on computational tools to do their work, yet are not trained as programmers. Using a participatory design process, we developed a computational labbook to concretise what computational media could look like, using the principles of computability, malleability, shareability, and distributability suggested by previous work. We used this prototype to co-reflect with the nanoscientists about how it could transform their practice. We report on the computational culture specific to this research area; the scientists' struggles managing their computational environments; and their subsequent disempowerment yet dependence. Lastly, we discuss the generative potential and limitations of the four design principles for the future of computational media.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TitelCHI 2020 - Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Antal sider13
UdgivelsesstedNew York
ForlagAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publikationsdato2020
Artikelnummer3376287
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-4503-6708-0
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2020
BegivenhedCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems: CHI 2020 - Hawaiʻi Convention Center, Honolulu, USA
Varighed: 25 apr. 202030 apr. 2020
https://chi2020.acm.org/

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KonferenceCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
LokationHawaiʻi Convention Center
Land/OmrådeUSA
ByHonolulu
Periode25/04/202030/04/2020
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